What is psychoanalysis? +
Psychoanalysis is a method of analyzing and treating emotional disorders that involves treatment sessions during which the patient is encouraged to speak freely about personal experiences and especially about early childhood and dreams. (Webster)
How does what you do differ from what an MSW or LCSW does? +
Principal differences lie in the levels of education and experience of someone with a doctoral degree and extensive post-doctoral study versus someone with a one- or two-year degree. In my case, I’ve also practiced psychoanalysis for over 30 years, as
well as conducted court-ordered psychological evaluations and testified in criminal and domestic cases.
Why are your rates so much higher than those of many other therapists out there? +
My fees are based on the value I deliver and the level of education and training acquired to deliver that value. “Many other therapists out there” cannot match the value or the education and training behind it.
Do you see patients only in your office? Can I do a session with you on the phone? +
Although I like to begin seeing new patients in my office, I will conduct subsequent sessions in their homes and on the phone, as needs dictate.
I think I just need help with an immediate situation.
Will you work with me short-term, or must I make a long-term commitment to consult with you? +
A. I work with patients on short-term issues as well as on long-term explorations to fully understand themselves and the root causes and reasons for their behavior – and to help them chart new paths.
I think my whole family needs help – not just me. Can you work with all of us? +
There is a certain art to working with a family, and I am willing and able to work with yours.
Is psychoanalysis different today than it was in Freud’s time? If so, how?+
The field has evolved over 100 years and there are many changes in the field currently. Psychoanalysts are more involved within the sessions and active in the mutual pursuit of truth in the sessions.
I’m really not comfortable looking inward. Dredging up old pain is hard.
How would you help me deal with that?+
You’re not alone; most people prefer a root canal to getting introspective. But only by delving deeply into our inner thoughts and feelings can we understand the causes of the behaviors we want and need to change. I
offer a safe space in my office where, together, we can do that work and work toward a positive outcome.
My adopted 10-year-old is so aggressive that I’m growing fearful of him. Can you help us?+
Yes, I’ve worked with many adopted children and adults.
I believe my teenage daughter is cutting herself, and I’m worried. Is this a problem you can help with? +
Yes, I’ve worked with boys and girls as they cut for a variety of reasons.
I think my widowed mother is suffering from depression, but she is reluctant to talk about her feelings.
How might I persuade her to see you? Do you think you can get through to her?
It’s more of a life or family issue and that must be explained to your parent. I have worked with many seniors on the difficulties of the aging process.
When you talk about an ever-deepening conversation over the long term, how long might that be?
I’ve heard that some doctors believe six months is adequate time to spend in therapy and then begin making healthy changes.
It all depends on the induvial and a time frame cannot be placed upon the process.
As a lawyer with a diverse practice, I occasionally require expert psychological testimony for my clients. Can you help with that?+
Yes. I have extensive experience in forensic psychology, conducting court-ordered psychological evaluations, and serving as an expert witness in court. I certainly can help with that.
I think my child is becoming addicted to electronics; I worry about his inability to function socially.
Do you work with children with this modern-day affliction?
That is a difficult and most current problem that I routinely address. It often is an escape from the realities of life and must be addressed. Ignoring this issue will injure your child’s development.
Now that he is retired and at home much more often, I’ve become aware that my husband has an alcohol problem.
I’m trying to steer him into AA – both of his brothers have had success with that program – but I believe he has underlying issues that he needs
to deal with.
Do you work with alcoholics? How would I get him in to see you?
I work with alcoholics and substance abusers. I find a combination of psychotherapy and AA is often the best way to approach these issues.
My husband has been married twice before and had a long-term relationship with a third woman.
I was married three times before him. Both of us bring a lot of baggage to this marriage; neither of us wants to repeat our old mistakes.
Can you help us understand
what we need to work on?
Yes, I can, and it involves the couple understanding themselves and the other.
I have issues with impulse control, particularly with spending money.
I don’t know why and I want to understand and fix this. Do you work with people like me?
I do and it often involves issues that are lifelong.
My wife and I are divorcing, and we have three young children.
We need help working through myriad issues, most of them involving our kids. What do you recommend?
I recommend calling me and addressing your family’s needs and desires.
I’ve never sought help from a psychoanalyst before. What should I expect the experience to be like?+
With me, you can expect to be treated with kindness, respect, patience and curiosity. You can expect me to listen to your story non-judgmentally. You can expect that we will work together toward helping you understand
yourself and deal with whatever issues you may have.
Do you take insurance?+
I am what is known as an “out-of-network” physician. Other than Medicare, I do not participate in any health insurance programs. I require payment at the time of service unless we’ve made other arrangements in advance;
I’ll give you detailed receipts that you can submit for reimbursement to your insurance company based on your specific coverage.
Do you take patients on Medicare?+
I do, and I will prepare and submit the forms.
I am struggling financially and have only minimal health insurance coverage – but I desperately need help with some issues in my life.
Do you have any payment flexibility?
I would be happy to discuss payment arrangements with you with the goal of arriving at an affordable solution for you.